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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Today in History: November 20

Voc_logo Four hundred years ago today, February 20, 1605, the first known Europeans set eyes on the continent that would come to be known as Australia.  The Dutch East India Co.'s (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) sailing ship Duyfken, under the command of company employee, Willem Janszoon, enters the Gulf of Carpenteria.  Janszoon names the place "Nieu Zelandt."  The name doesn’t catch on, though, and so will be available later for a different country.  (Left: Corporate logo of the Dutch East India Co.)

[Frank Snyder]

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